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It is with great honour that we wish to announce our very special project "HOPE"

This past summer saw the unfortunate passing of Johnny Nooren, a local area building official and well known person throughout the St. Thomas & Elgin community. From the soccer pitch, to pitching in with helping a friend with their home, Johnny was well known, loved and respected. While we as a community are saddened by his passing, the loss to his wife Angela and his two beautiful babies, Luke and Aleida has been personally devastating. At a time of incredible grief they are also challenged financially and they need our help.

Angela has said that Johnny loved big crazy ideas. And that is what HOPE truly is, a BIG CRAZY IDEA. On June 9-11 we are going to blitz build a Net Zero Ready home over three days, not three months, THREE DAYS. Our goal is to gift the profits of this home to the Nooren family. We cannot ever replace Johnny, but we are asking for your help in making HOPE a reality.

In less than 48 hours starting on June 9th and running until June 11th, Doug Tarry Homes will be constructing a Net Zero Ready Home during a blitz build. We've heard a number of questions as we prepare for the build so I thought I might answer two of the most common ones.

FAQ #1: What is a Net Zero Home?

In simple terms a Net Zero home will create as much energy as it uses over the course of a year. In order for this to work, the home must be designed and constructed with a building envelope that is very tight and with walls, floor and ceilings that are highly insulated. The mechanical and plumbing systems are then right sized to the home and equipped with highly efficient motors, heat exchangers and delivery systems.

Once all these loads are optimized, the number of solar panels are calculated that would be needed to run the home, based upon some modelling assumptions around typical usage. The solar panels are then installed along with an inverter to push excess energy back to the energy provide and an energy usage monitor is installed.

For Net Zero Ready, the builder does all of the above except the solar panels are not installed at the time of construction. In essence, the Net Zero Ready Home is future proofed against rising energy costs. As the cost of solar panels comes down and the cost of energy goes up, the customer is able to make the decision for when it makes financial sense to install the panels.

Our Net Zero philosophy is not just about extremely efficient buildings, we embrace a holistic concept that includes right sized equipment with simple "Set It and Forget It" controls designed with what we believe to be the most important consideration: Occupant affordability, health, enjoyment and comfort!

FAQ #2 Will the quality of the home suffer when it’s built in 3 days?

We've created a unique team of professionals to provide site logistics and ensure the build not only goes smoothly, but that it will exceed code requirements. The dedicated team of building inspectors and engineers led by Jamie Yolkowskie from the City of St. Thomas and Leon Bach from Central Elgin have been embedded into the planning process from the very beginning to ensure that nothing is missed as they work with us around the clock to complete HOPE.

This would not be possible to schedule without a number of teams for the build. The inspection team is rounded out by Eugenio DiMeo and Chris Peck along with structural engineer Mark Boyd who will be overseeing the construction of the roof. The team at Building Knowledge will also be on hand to blower door test the home to ensure it meets our air tightness requirements.

As for the materials and labour, each team is assigned a time slot and they will be bringing the number of skilled trades for their assignment to complete their work in the allocated time. For example, there will be six framing crews on site starting at first light Friday morning the 9th. This home is often framed in a week, but with six crews we anticipate the roof being on and their role to be complete before 2:00pm Friday.

In the same way an orchestra has many musicians that all must know their part and numerous instruments that must be conducted to play together from beginning to end, HOPE will have many workers on site with moving parts in all directions, all co-ordinated to deliver a completed home by Sunday afternoon. It's going to be EPIC!

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After months of planning, we are down to less than 24 hours to go before HOPE begins. The floor system is installed on lot 75 where the roof will be built, the foundation for HOPE is ready to go. Yesterday, we took delivery of the three Anvil Crawlers that will generate the solar power we will be using for much of our energy needs for the build. Special thanks to John Kierstead and the Anvil set up team.

Today the bleachers, tents, command centre will all arrive for set up. So will the remaining materials needed for our 6:00 am start tomorrow. This afternoon Yarmouth Crane will be bringing their giant crane to site to get it ready for lifting the roof tomorrow between 11:00 am and 12:30 am tomorrow.

And then we begin. I want everyone to remember the importance of safety first. Especially when it comes to moving vehicles and pedestrians.

  • All construction and food delivery traffic MUST come through the Elm St. construction entrance and check in with our site logistics team. NO EXCEPTIONS. They will release you to the job site when appropriate.
  • If you are moving a vehicle, you need to have a spotter. Larger vehicles will be guided through the site and we will shut down pedestrian traffic when these vehicles are in motion at the site.
  • If you are walking to the site please be aware to walk on the north side of Pear Tree and the east side of Ashberry (So facing traffic). Also, if we ask you to stop, it is temporary and for your safety.
  • If the site safety team asks you to leave the jobsite, it’s time to leave.
  • If it is not your shift please go to the viewing area either before or after your shift, so that we only have the people on the jobsite we are expecting to have there. This will help to keep the site manageable.
  • Lastly, if you are not in the proper safety gear and one of the authorized shirts you are not permitted onto the jobsite. That’s what the viewing area, bleachers, food service area and selfie zone are for.

Let’s all work together to make HOPE completely EPIC!

I HOPE everyone has a great experience.


Pictured is lot 75 floor deck, HOPE foundation (lot 76) and the Anvil Crawlers powering up!


Working around the clock? You might need a coffee!

It is less than a week away before HOPE begins. We will be working around the clock starting just before 6:00 am on Friday and ending around 4:00pm on Sunday. Some of us are going to be needing a little caffeine boost.

So we’d like to send a very special thanks to Richard Cox and the team at Jumbo Building Products and Anything Promo for donating these awesome coffee mugs. Jumbo is also supplying coffee and tea for the weekend. Another amazing example of the generosity of our partners in the building industry.


June 3rd filming:

Our day of filming began at Masco Canada. We arrived to a very warm welcome. A very special thanks to Chris Palmer and Lindsay Barber for their hospitality. Lindsay also brought hubby Steve along to keep an eye on things and say hi to Angela Nooren their old neighbour.

Our next stop was GCW Custom Cabinetry. Ron DeWeger from GCW enjoys an inspiring conversation with Angela on how creativity can help with healing at the GCW showroom. Pictured on the right is our director Aaron Huggett.

The afternoon finished up at Geerlinks Home Furniture for a review of the furniture that will be staged in HOPE. The day finished with “Friends and Hooligans”, a gathering of friends at the Midtown Tavern to share some stories about Johnny.

During construction of HOPE we will have two camera crews that will be catching all the action and we will have an opportunity to share more stories about Johnny. We HOPE to see our community come join us and watch as HOPE is created.


7 Nights in Paradise Auction

This Sunday June 11th at noon we will be auctioning off 7 nights in La Cruz Mexico provided by our friends Cindy and Chris Bouchard at Villa Amor del Mar in La Cruz. There is a minimum bid of $600 on this fabulous holiday. Payments can be arranged from the winning bidder for payment by cheque after the auction.

This has become one of our favourite holiday destinations. This is a 5-room boutique hotel with fabulous views of the Bay of Banderas. Breakfast is included along with a rooftop dinner and brunch with your hosts. Flights and other meals are extra. If you are the fortunate winner, you have to go to the Sunday Market and to Taco’s on the Street.

Join us at HOPE for the live Auction with Alan Hughson running the festivities. This is before the sod race and home staging and only a few hours before the home’s unveiling. We HOPE to see you there.


Are You Ready?

We are down to 8 days to go before HOPE begins. Are you ready? Abe and Tobey are.

THIS Saturday June 3rd we will have our final review meeting prior to HOPE. It will again take place at the Malahide Community Place located at 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield, ON. The meeting will last from 8:30 until 11:00. The intention of this meeting is to review and finalize the schedule, review the staging of materials and vehicles for site logistics and review the safety requirements for the build. Again, a big thanks to Eugenio DiMeo and Malahide for hosting our meeting.

Parking is extremely tight on the build site itself and we are asking everyone to car pool wherever possible. This also means that we can only permit the skilled trades who need their tools on site to park on Ashberry as well as the food deliveries. We will review parking at this meeting.

Also, there are still some outstanding items to review. For example:

  • At the last meeting, a framer mentioned a possible contact for screws and fasteners. I did not catch the name, so I need to ask if this has been dealt with.
  • St. Thomas Custom Drywall asked about where to prep the mud and water stations. We are working that out with them, but it points out that if you need something for your work to be completed, we need to know on Saturday at the latest. If you wait until the day of your shift, it will slow things down.

Carrie, or I will send out the up to date schedule and site logistics map later today.

If you are a general labour volunteer and are able to attend the meeting this Saturday, please join us so you can hear this update first hand.

Chalking the line to prep HOPE porch for concrete: Pictured L/R: Abe Penner, Nick Penner (behind Abe), Tobey Penner.


HOPE the Film

Next week on June 9-11 Doug Tarry Homes and our team of trades, suppliers and volunteers will undertake our epic three day build HOPE. However, there is another project we are undertaking at the same time. Doug Tarry Homes has partnered with Eclipse Media Productions and director Aaron Huggett, who just finished filming the Black Donnellys, to tell the story of HOPE. It is about the build, but it is much more than that. There is a story here and we want you to help tell it. Our film is also about remembering Johnny Nooren and creating a lasting memory for his children Luke and Aleida.

We are already well underway with filming; having shot many scenes of the lead up to the build, including meetings, the kick off and most recently several scenes with the help of Great Northern Insulation and Chris Miller who was our Director of Photography for this shoot and a real pro. (“Great Northern: Soil Gas Barrier”, “Johnny Becomes a Building Inspector”, “One in a Million” and “Paying it forward”). A special thanks to Jamie Yolkowskie for being such a good sport and giving of his time on a Saturday, on his 24th wedding anniversary.

This weekend we begin principal filming for HOPE and Aaron has informed me that he has brought together the ‘A TEAM’ for the Principal filming and we are thrilled to be working with so many St. Thomas based business as locations and scenes for our film. I will send a film schedule in a follow up email.

Great Northern Insulation Shoot. L/R Chris Miller D.O.P. , Bernie Borman Great Northern Insulation.


Filming Schedule

This Saturday June 3rd we have four local St. Thomas businesses to film. (Masco Canada, GCW Custom Cabinetry, Geerlinks Home Furniture and NorthStar Windows at Jumbo Building Products).

Saturday Night we are hosting an event called “Friends and Hooligans” at the Midtown Tavern for Johnny’s friends and soccer buddies. We are looking for folks willing to share some memories about Johnny on and off the soccer field. A special thanks to Andrew “Harv” Harvey and the folks at the Midtown for hosting the event and to Natasha Andre for helping organize the event and food. Natasha informs me that finger foods will be provided and we ask that participants drink responsibly but enjoy the night.

Aaron will be there to capture the moments along with Mike Vecchio getting the conversations started along with Gene DiMeo and Tim Sheridan. So if you’ve got a story to share, we’d love to hear it as we build an amazing memory for Luke and Aleida.

And then we come to HOPE the Build. The camera crews arrive on the 8th and will begin filming the morning of the 9th at the site and continue right on through until the after party to be held at the Railway City Brewery on the 11th. Saturday June 10th should provide us with additional time to catch folks that want to tell their story, but could not make the 3rd. We will provide a more detailed film update for the build closer to the start date next week.

A Very Special thanks to our friends Sara and David Teare and the folks at 1Password for permitting us to use their RV as our command Centre for the film.

Checking out the command Centre: L/R Jamie Yolkowskie & Angela Nooren


HOPE is just over two weeks away and final preparations are coming down to the wire. The foundation has been backfilled and the underground plumbing has now been installed. Next up will be installing the foam over the gravel before we pour the concrete floor.

Most customers never get to see many of the behind the scenes steps involved in delivering their new home. There are so many unsung heros who help to make this happen and are seldom ever seen by the home purchaser. Without their efforts the home could never be built. HOPE gives us an opportunity to share some of the work they do behind the scenes to make the “magic” happen in the delivery of every new home.

Ambrose Plumbing Staff Tyler Annett & Steve Hurn installing the underground plumbing.


The Countdown continues.... less than 3 WEEKS to go!

On Saturday June 3rd we will have our final review meeting prior to the build. It will again take place at the Malahide Community Place located at 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield, ON. The meeting will last from 8:30 until 11:00. The intention of this meeting is to review and finalize the schedule, review the staging of materials and vehicles for site logistics and review the safety requirements for the build. A special thanks to Eugenio DiMeo and Malahide for hosting our meeting. Carrie will send a follow up reminder and up to date schedule later this week.

If you are volunteering on the build itself, we ask that you attend if you are able so that you can hear this update first hand.

I also wanted to email this to all of you so that you can get an idea of the number of people involved with the build. Future emails will be by bcc, to limit paper size. If you notice anyone that is not on this list and is volunteering please either forward this information to them or send me their email. Also you will start to see a number of media updates over the next few weeks as we come up on the build. I am including you all on these so that you have a greater understanding of the build overall and what an EPIC adventure we are about to embark on.

I HOPE to see you on the 3rd and look forward to working with everyone on HOPE.


There's a New Inspector in Town

Project HOPE is fast approaching and the site is being prepared for the build. Following in his father Johnny's footsteps, Luke Nooren paid a visit to HOPE to make sure the foundation was ready to go for the build. (Luke’s dad Johnny was a local area building inspector who passed away from T-Cell Lymphoma last summer).Great Job Luke, the foundation looks AWESOME!

Meeting our foundation team from Jay-Dee Concrete Forming.
From Left: Denis Hebert Jr., Luke Nooren, Denis Hebert

Not wanting her big brother to have all the fun baby sister Aleida also had a chance to get a very safe and personal view of HOPE from Denis.

Mom Angela says that Luke and Aleida call the home HOPE as though she was a person. With all the love being put into this project, we're sure that HOPE will be very friendly and welcoming to whoever is fortunate enough to call her home.

Speaking of the Foundation: A new type of Sump Pit!

This Sump pit is designed to be installed outside of the basement space. Rather than collecting sub-surface water inside the home, this system is designed to collect the water from outside the foundation wall and keep it outside of the home.

Inspection of the Outdoor Sump Pit installation at HOPE.
(From Left Bruce Vanderwyst (Doug Tarry Homes), Jamie Yolkowskie (City of St. Thomas Building Inspector), Jacques Roy (Ambrose Plumbing)


I recently had the opportunity to see the recent unveiling of #CDNbuilt at the Canadian Home Builders Association conference in St. John’s. This social media project will celebrate all that we do as an industry to build communities. HOPE is one of the first events to be featured in this project. We look forward to visitors being able to take selfies from our HOPE Selfie Zone and posting their favourite moments from the build to #CDNbuilt & #stthomasproud.

Click the link to see the release information and video where HOPE was featured. http://www.chba.ca/CHBA/HousingCanada/Canada_150_CHBA_75/CHBA/Housing_in_Canada/Giving_Back.aspx?hkey=d6fbd2e2-ebb0-4498-8569-b97a6fabbe9d

With HOPE

Doug Tarry


The Countdown continues.... less than 3 WEEKS to go!

On Saturday June 3rd we will have our final review meeting prior to the build. It will again take place at the Malahide Community Place located at 12105 Whittaker Rd, Springfield, ON. The meeting will last from 8:30 until 11:00. The intention of this meeting is to review and finalize the schedule, review the staging of materials and vehicles for site logistics and review the safety requirements for the build. A special thanks to Eugenio DiMeo and Malahide for hosting our meeting. Carrie will send a follow up reminder and up to date schedule later this week.

If you are volunteering on the build itself, we ask that you attend if you are able so that you can hear this update first hand.

I also wanted to email this to all of you so that you can get an idea of the number of people involved with the build. Future emails will be by bcc, to limit paper size. If you notice anyone that is not on this list and is volunteering please either forward this information to them or send me their email. Also you will start to see a number of media updates over the next few weeks as we come up on the build. I am including you all on these so that you have a greater understanding of the build overall and what an EPIC adventure we are about to embark on.

I HOPE to see you on the 3rd and look forward to working with everyone on HOPE.

Best Regards,

Doug Tarry


Doug Tarry Homes is honoured to be sponsoring the BLACK DONNELLYS film and the London Screening this coming October 14th at the Wolf Performance Hall. The director Aaron Huggett will also be directing our documentary film HOPE this June.

The film is being produced by Eclipse Media Productions, the makers of Red Ryan. The Cast/Crew is comprised of 100+ people from Southwestern Ontario. The project is largely crowd source funded, and has received a lot of social media interest and early media coverage. Scenes are being filmed in Napier, Lucan, Petrolia, and London.

There are 5 Southwestern Ontario screenings scheduled. Tickets go on sale May 23:

Sarnia 'First Friday' October 6 at Imperial Theatre
Lucan October 7 (sponsored by Town of Lucan) at Lucan Community Centre
Petrolia October 13 (sponsored by Shelley Aubie, Remax) at Victoria Hall
London October 14 (sponsored by Doug Tarry Homes) at Wolf Performance Hall
Stratford October 15 at Stratford Cinemas

Tickets are available at the Box Offices, where available, and at Eventbrite.ca
Runtime: 43 minutes + Q&A
Screening: October 14, 2017 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
presented by Eclipse Media Productions
Written & Directed by Aaron Huggett

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Beginning Friday June 9th at 6:00 am Doug Tarry Homes and a community of volunteers will begin construction of HOPE our fundraiser house build in honour of Johnny Nooren who passed away suddenly last summer from T Cell Lymphoma.

Working round the clock, we anticipate being done by 4:00pm on Sunday afternoon. The foundation will be in and ready for building prior to the build. Friday morning we start framing the home with 6 crews of framers sharing the load. Two crews will even be framing the roof on the lot next door and we anticipate craning the roof onto the home before noon.

We are nearly fully scheduled with volunteers but are looking at sponsors for a few more meals. In addition, there is a viewing grandstand available for people to watch the build safely. So if you've ever wondered how they blitz build a home on TV in a week, we're doing it in THREE DAYS and it will be a Net Zero Ready home. We are encouraging people to come out and cheer on all our volunteers. It’s going to be EPIC!

For more information please contact:
Suzie Dennis at 519-637-6819 Ext. 30
www.facebook.com/DougTarryHomes


The guys hard at work setting the forms and gravel for the foundation for the house. This is a Rosewood bungalow plan of 1440 sqft. This home is for sale and will be available this year, contact us today!!


JUN 9-11, 2017 - ST. THOMAS, ON

Kicked-off at a Family Day event on February 20th by Doug Tarry Homes, project HOPE’s goal is to gift profits made from the sale of a Net Zero Ready Home to the family of Johnny Nooren.

Johnny, a building official from the St. Thomas & Elgin community, passed in the summer of 2016. From the soccer pitch, to pitching in with helping a friend with their home, Johnny was well known, loved and respected. While the community is saddened by his passing, the loss to his wife Angela and his two beautiful children, Luke and Aleida, has been personally devastating. At a time of incredible grief they are also challenged financially and need help.

From June 9 to 11 Doug Tarry Homes will “blitz” build a Net Zero Ready Home over three days. They’re looking for volunteers who’re willing to commit their time, energy, product and materials to this project.

To learn more and get engaged contact doug.tarry@dougtarryhomes.com

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